October Atlantic City Casino Updates On Dining, Hard Rock Rewards, Borgata High Limit Slots

Written By Bill Gelman on October 13, 2022 - Last Updated on April 10, 2024
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October means Atlantic City casinos are gearing up for Halloween celebrations. However, if getting dressed up for a costume party is not your thing, there is nothing to be scared about. Why? Because there is plenty happening along the world famous Boardwalk and in the Marina District.

Hard Rock Rock Hotel Casino Atlantic City is preparing to roll out the Unity by Hard Rock rewards program. Plus, Showtime is returning to AC for another live boxing card.

And what would a month of Atlantic City Boardwalk Talk news be without some restaurant news? PlayNJ has an update regarding when Nobu could be opening at Caesars Atlantic City.

Here is a closer look at the latest AC casino happenings.

Unity By Hard Rock coming soon to Atlantic City

Hard Rock Hotel Casino is in the process of introducing Unity – its new global loyalty program. For now, the Atlantic City market is on the waiting list. Unity by Hard Rock is available at the all Seminole Casinos, including Hollywood, Fla. Eventually, cardholders will earn Unity points at all Hard Rock casinos, hotels, cafes and rock shops.

The program is replacing the current Wild Card players rewards. Once the transition to Unity happens, players will maintain the same account numbers. New cards will be issued at kiosks and the players club desk. More importantly, don’t worry about your current tier status. The system will automatically convert to the equivalent Unity tier status (Wild Card tier points will convert to Unity tier credits at a ratio of 1:1). Wild Card comp dollars will convert to Unity points (100 Unity Points=1 Comp dollar).

Here’s a look at Unity tier levels:

  • Star: 0–3,999 tier credits
  • Legend: 4,000–14,999 tier credits
  • Icon: 15,000+ tier credits
  • X: Invite only

PlayNJ will share updates once Hard Rock AC switches to the new program. Additionally, it seems likely Hard Rock online casino players will see a changes to its rewards program.

Live Boxing Returns to Bally’s Atlantic City

Bally’s Atlantic City will be hosting another edition of SHOBOX: The New Generation that will be televised live on Showtime. The card will take place on Friday, Oct. 21 with the TV portion starting at 9:30 p.m. The telecast will feature four undefeated prospects and six fighters that will step into the ring with a combined record of 87-3-2.

The main even will be a super middleweight bout between Sena Agbeko (26-2, 21 KOs) and Isaiah Steen (16-0, 12 KOs).

All of the action is taking place in the Bally’s Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $40, $100 and $150.

Brittany Lynn’s Witches and Warlocks Cabaret fundraiser at Resorts AC

Like the other eight Atlantic City casinos, Resorts AC is taking part in participating in the breast cancer awareness festivities. This includes a very special event – Brittany Lynn’s Witches and Warlocks Cabaret fundraiser. It’s taking place on Saturday, Oct. 22 inside the intimate 300-seat Screening Room. In terms of the performance, the  award-winning drag queen will be joined by Ariel Versace, Chasity St. Cartier, Gay Sinatra and Morgan Wells.

Tickets are $20 with proceeds supporting Resorts’ Real Men Pink Wear Pink campaign.

The night starts with a meet & mingle from 7-8 p.m. followed by the show from 8-10 p.m.

Borgata shares Old Homestead update

Fans of the popular Old Homestead Steak House at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will notice the restaurant is going through a remodel. However, the pop-up location is now open in the former Fornelletto space. And guests will not need a property map as it’s footsteps away from the familiar spot.

The pop-up space is accessible by visiting the host stand adjacent to the Long Bar. The hours of operation are:

  • Tue.-Fri.: 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Sat.: 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Sun.: 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

The Old Homestead remodel is expected to be finished later this year.

Borgata high limit slots area also getting a makeover

The MGM-owned Borgata is making changes to the casino floor as Miralto high-limit slot lounge will be temporarily closing Monday, Oct. 24. The 8,300-square-foot space is located near the Borgata lobby.

As far as what’s happening, word is there will be “an emphasis on sophistication.” According to a Borgata press release, this will include redesigned cabinetry to encase the distinctive collection of games. Besides the comfortable seating, the updated space will feature a custom glass chandelier spanning over 8 feet in diameter.

Miralto offers more than 150 high-limit slot games, private restrooms along with exclusive cashiering services. The project is targeted for a December completion.

Gin Rickey’s joins Tropicana Atlantic City lineup

Add Gin Rickey’s to the list of new amenities now open at Tropicana AC. Yes, it’s named after the classic cocktail.

Located in The Quarter, Gin Rickey’s is a live music bar (word is singing real loud is encouraged). The new entertainment spot takes over the space previously occupied by the Farmer’s Almanac store and opens at 4 p.m. daily. There is live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

Nola’s at Ocean Casino Resort is turning 1

Nola’s Bar & Lounge at Ocean Casino Resort is throwing a 1-year birthday bash next month. However, the bigger news is Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz of “Vanderpump Rules” will be hosting the festivities. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 p.m.

Besides enjoying what’s being billed as “MAJOR insta-worthy moments,” the live entertainment will last until the very early hours of the morning. Here is the lineup posted on the Ocean website:

  • No Standards:  7 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
  • DJ Weiss: 10:30 p.m. – 3 a.m.
  • Crash the Party: 11 p.m.–2:30 a.m.

Is Nobu at Caesars Atlantic City opening this month?

Now that Hell’s Kitchen is open at Caesars Atlantic City, Nobu is next on the Caesars Atlantic City coming soon checklist.  Well, later this week it will be moving to the now open list as Nobu is opening on Friday, Oct. 21. Reservations are now available via Open Table.

And once the restaurant opens, the focus will shift to finishing up the Nobu hotel.

Of course, PlayNJ will provide updates once the information becomes available.

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Bill Gelman has been reporting on the NJ gambling market since 2018, right around when the Garden State launched sports betting. Bill transitioned from lead writer for PlayNJ and NJ Gambling Sites to his current role as managing editor in 2020. Besides offering in-depth analysis on NJ gambling market trends and news, Bill regularly sits down with Atlantic City casino industry executives to offer readers exclusive interviews and comprehensive coverage. Bill received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ithaca College. He has contributed to other Catena Media sites including The Lines, Legal Sports Report, PlayPennsylvania and PlayCanada.

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